Sarah obtained her master’s degree in special education from Fitchburg State University and completed her BCBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology.
Sarah started her career as a special education public school teacher in Normal, Illinois. She taught kindergarten through second grade during the school year and spent four summers working with young adults in a summer camp setting. Sarah has first-hand experience teaching a very diverse group of students with a wide range of abilities.
In 2005, Sarah moved to Boston to join The May Institute, Inc., where she taught in a self-contained young adult autism classroom as well as an integrated preschool classroom. She then spent a year working within the Home Consultation Division, where she set-up and managed intensive home and school programs based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), as well as trained parents to implement these strategies with their children.
After relocating to Phoenix in 2007, Sarah worked as a Research Diagnostician for a local, non-profit, Autism research facility. She received extensive training and experience in the administration and scoring of many diagnostic and other assessment protocols, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS), Autism Diagnostic Interview Revised (ADI-R), Stanford-Binet, Vineland and other parent/teacher-based rating scales.
Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in January 2012. She has extensive knowledge and training in evidence-based treatments including Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) and Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs). Sarah spends the majority of her time consulting with teachers and parents. In the schools, Sarah assists teachers in overall classroom management and structure as well as creating individualized behavior plans. In homes, Sarah sets up and manages individualized behavior programs based on the principals of ABA and works with parents and habilitators in the effective implementation of these positive behavior support programs.Sarah@GentryPBS.com